What is the Fast Track Doctoral Programme?
Particularly qualified students can apply for admission to a “Fast Track” doctoral programme as part of their master’s degree. Fast Track means that talented Master's students have the opportunity to signal their interest in pursuing a doctorate early on and to align their studies towards this goal. Important partial achievements such as the master thesis are designed in such a way that they enable a smooth transition to the doctoral phase, which significantly shortens the later doctoral period.
How does the Fast Track programme work?
In their fourth semester, the participants admitted to the "Fast Track" programme complete a master's thesis in accordance with § 21 Para. 1 M-RPO in the range of approx. 25,000 words. By doing so, on the one hand, candidates show that they can work independently on the topic given according to scientific methods and to present the results appropriately within the allotted time. On the other hand, they also justify acceptance as a doctoral student with a topic based on the master's thesis.
Regarding the requirements for the master thesis, the procedure and the responsibilities, especially the supervision, the rules of §§ 21 and 22 M-RPO apply. The doctoral committee of the Faculty of Philosophy decides whether the master's thesis completed as part of the “Fast Track” programme can also be accepted as initial part of the doctorate.
What is the added value of the Fast Track programme on the way to the doctorate?
- Shortening the doctoral phase by at least one semester (due to the preparatory work in the master phase)
- Simplified admission to the doctoral college (preparation of an exposé is not required) and acceptance as a doctoral student in the Faculty of Arts after completion of the master's degree
- Early involvement in the ComDigMed doctoral programme - the master's thesis can be presented and discussed
- Follow-up support after the master's thesis and support in the use of the knowledge gained
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